Special Prosecutor Angela Canepa told Deering she would like the opportunity to speak to the jury.
“The court is not permitted to comment on a verdict of the jury,” Deering told jury members. He told them their dedication to duty has been noticed and is appreciated by the court.
“You are now released from the admonition not to discuss this case,” he said just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
He told them while they may talk about the case, they are not required to do so, and they must decide for themselves.
“You should be careful concerning what you say,” Deering said. He also advised them not to put things in writing unless they believe it is absolutely correct and factual.
Wagner — along with his mother Angela, father George “Billy” Wagner and brother Edward “Jake” Wagner — were accused of shooting and killing the Rhoden family members “execution-style.” The family’s bodies were found on April 22, 2016.
Found dead that day were 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr., 37-year-old Dana Rhoden, 20-year-old Hannah “Hazel” Gilley, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr., 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 37-year-old Gary Rhoden, 19-year-old Hanna May Rhoden, and 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden.
The trial was the first time a person has faced a jury for the deaths of the Rhoden family six years ago. Billy Wagner will also go to trial for the homicides. Angela and Jake both took plea deals and testified in George Wagner’s trial.